Murder accused in court

Scarborough Magistrates' Court, where the defendants appeared 104208a
Scarborough Magistrates' Court, where the defendants appeared 104208a

Two men have appeared in court charged with the murder of a Scarborough man.

Both Kevin Pickering, 29, and David White, 34, are alleged to have killed 41-year-old Jonathan Binns at an address in Eastborough late last Wednesday night.

They both appeared at Scarborough Magistrates’ this morning over the murder charge, as well as a charge of conspiracy to commit robbery.

Both Nicholas Polihronos, 30, and James Cousins, 30, also appeared in court this morning, over allegations that they also both conspired to commit robbery.

Polihronos is also charged with assisting an offender, after he allegedly attempted to dispose of clothing belonging to White, following the incident on August 7.

No bail applications were submitted for any of the four defendants, who were said to pose a “substantial” risk of not appearing at the next hearing, or contacting witnesses, some of whom were said to run in the “same social circles” as the defendants.

No pleas were entered at the hearing, and all four are now scheduled to appear at a further hearing this Wednesday, August 14, at Leeds Crown Court.

The defendants were brought up from custody separately during the course of the morning hearing.

They spoke to confirm their names and addresses, and also sent messages to emotional family members, who had attended court to support them.

The distraught mother of Pickering entered and left the courtroom in tears, as her accused son struggled to look on.

Bald Pickering blew a kiss to his mother, as a female shouted to him that she would “look after her”.

There were similar scenes throughout the four separate hearings.

Polihronos shouted “cheers mum and dad” as he was lead back into custody following his hearing, as Cousins, who gave a Manchester address, said “love you mum” as he was taken away.